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Little Fella’s First Night at Gullringstorp


Little fella is comfy cozy in his cuddle cup. He has a heat pad inside his bed under a soft pad. I thought he might be lonely so I borrowed Sidney’s heated monkey. It is a cold night with snow in the air. Little fella as well as Punch & Judi have heating pads tucked into their beds that will keep them warm for 10 hours.

Good night sweet baby! 😴 See you in the morning. 😊❤ #guineapigsofinstagram #guineapig

New Baby Guinea Pig arrives at Gullringstorp!


Our new member of our household arrived this evening. I want to thank Carola the breeder for such a precious baby. He’s only 5 weeks old. Since he’s so tiny, he will live temporarily in the small cage. He will remain there for the next couple of days getting used to his new home and environment. New sights, sounds and smells. It will be a while before he meets his brothers. Little fella has a choice of beds, a cuddle cup and a Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Snuggle Pouch. He took an immediate liking to his cuddle cup. He has a dish of fresh greens to nibble, hay and a water bottle. He has no name yet, that’s ok.

Welcome to our family little fella. #guineapigsofinstagram #guineapig

Treats for Piggies


My piggies got new cuddle cups to relax in. They match the fleece cage liners they already have. There’s a little wee wee pad and 2 cute pillows in each. Can’t wait to see them in their new cuddle cups. Of course Pip who is so curious, photo bombs my photos, 😊❤️

They also got Christmas gifts. They are actual edible hay houses with coconut roofs. I bought them 2 to see them through the winter months. Guinea pigs require chew treats to help maintain healthy teeth. I hope the enjoy nibbling on their new hay houses.

RECYCLE ♻️ and REUSE


Hej from Gullringstorp!

We always REUSE and RECYCLE items at Gullringstorp and Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Goat Milk Soap.

There’s an ongoing dilemma when it comes to hay supplies and guinea pigs. I’ve watched tons of videos on YouTube to see how others care for their piggies. I always see them taking out huge amounts of hay and tossing it. How can they afford that, one and two, so much is being wasted. Guinea pigs love to wallow in their hay and very often wee wee and poo in their pile of hay. There are hay bags that help a bit, but there’s still waste.

My piggies are no different. I have to always pull out soiled hay.

I have a great supply of hay in my stable because of my goats, but I still need to find ways to cut down on waste with my goats as well as my piggies. There has been a severe hay shortage for all farmers in our area. What we were able to buy has to last through our winter. We can’t afford wasted hay, in the house and in the stable.

My idea was first a box with holy cut out for my boys to access the hay. During my search I ran across a stack of Boris’ empty food containers.

2 side by side

Taped together

Stuffed with fresh clean hay

The idea is, my boys can enjoy fresh clean hay without soiling it or accidentally eating soiled hay.

Piggies love to bury themselves in a pile of hay. Well, I want to make sure my boys get to enjoy a big pile of hay in a container they are used to being in while I clean their home.

I hope they accept this new system. One thing I’m comfortable with, is that the openings to each container is smooth with no rough edges. If they are cheeky enough to go into the containers, its ok. They can get out. I also gave my piggies a wee wee pad so they can stand, eat and wee wee or poo away from their hay supply.

This was yesterday. My last photo shows emptied out containers I found this morning!!!

UPDATE:

It worked!! It’s been nearly one week and hardly any hay waste !! Absolutely no soiled hay either!! It’s working wonderfully. 😊

REUSE & RECYCLE


Hej from Gullringstorp!

We always REUSE and RECYCLE items at Gullringstorp.

There’s an ongoing dilemma when it comes to hay supplies. I’ve watched tons of videos on YouTube to see how others care for their piggies. I always see them taking out huge amounts of hay and tossing it. How can they afford that, one and two, so much is being wasted. Guinea pigs love to wallow in their hay and very often wee wee and poo in their pile of hay. There are hay bags that help a bit, but there’s still waste.

My piggies are no different. I have to always pull out soiled hay.

I have a great supply of hay in my stable, but I still need to find ways to cut down on waste with my goats as well as my piggies.

My idea was first a box with holy cut out for my boys to access the hay. During my search I ran across a stack of Boris’ empty food containers.

2 side by side

Taped together

Stuffed with fresh clean hay

The idea is, my boys can enjoy fresh clean hay without soiling it or accidentally eating soiled hay.

Piggies love to bury themselves in a pile of hay. Well, I want to make sure my boys get to enjoy a big pile of hay in a container they are used to being in while I clean their home.

I hope they accept this new system. One thing I’m comfortable with, is that the openings to each container is smooth with no rough edges. If they are cheeky enough to go into the containers, its ok. They can get out.

Wish us luck.😊

RECYCLED food containers from Boris

Containers are taped securely

Fresh clean hay can be stuffed in and kept clean

The new hay containers are placed where my piggies are accustomed to finding their hay

A fresh clean wee wee pad is placed where piggies will be sitting and enjoying their hay. I have made several of these pads so they can be replaced, daily, if needed

Bronte Country


Rachel and I had a wonderful and emotional experience with a train trip to Bronte country. It was a cold and rainy day, so befitting of a visit to the land of Heathcliff and Jane Erye.

A trip never to be forgotten.

Guinea Pig Fleece Laundry


Some of their fleece was purchased and the rest I made for them. It’s great to have a big collection so you can change whenever needed. I like to keep my piggies clean and comfortable.

Yummy Food in London


We enjoyed a delicious dumplings along with char sui pork and rice and Chinese greens with oyster sauce. All topped off with a yummy coconut tea with pearls.

We will certainly visit Jens again.

Fall Sounds


Fall sounds at Gullringstorp.

2nd Burmation


Well, something is happening that I did not expect. After much in depth research, I understand it is possible.

Sidney has gone into burmation!!

Last year she decided to have her first sleep in Dec. This year is quite a bit earlier. After researching several Bearded Dragon sites and forums, I’ve learned that she actually was a bit late last year. Typical months are August, September, October and November.

My thoughts are, since we had an extremely hot July and beginning of August then abruptly went to very low temperatures, this may have triggered her sleep.

She is settled down behind her log, nice and cozy in her substrate. I can see her from the side of her tank. She’s moved several times but remains in the same area. God, I miss her. After reading all I could, I know she’s not sick. I did offer her water with drops from a syringe, she refused it. She looked up at me as if to say, I’m ok mom. With that look I knew it was time to let her sleep. I un plugged everything, lights and heat lamps.

So for the record, Sidney went into her 2nd burmation, Aug. 30, 2018

Needless to say, I will be a bit of a wreck till she wakes up. Anyone with dragons sleeping this early, I’d love to hear from you. Please join me in wishing Sidney a peaceful, uneventful sleep.😴 #beardeddragon #burmation #pet